God’s beautiful children

19. May 2011 Asia, children 0
The handicapped Filipino girl glowed as she was brought out on stage in a little white dress and pink bow. People often talk about getting their “fifteen minutes of fame,” and this was hers. With some help (well, maybe a lot of help) from two adult dancers, the girl participated in a piece of performance ...

Christ at the center

17. May 2011 Asia, human rights 0
It’s not often that I hear someone ask whether they should have flown west instead of east to visit our office. But when you live on the opposite side of the world, it’s a valid question. Cross Catholic partner Ruth Callanta stopped in this week to promote her Christ-centered approach to promoting economic development among ...

Aggressive expansion

05. May 2011 Latin America 0
  Until recently, this entire wing of the Santa Maria de Huachipa school did not exist. The high demand for education in this bleak Peruvian slum has forced continuing, rapid expansion. Case-in-point: student enrollment has jumped from 650 to 900 in just one year! The new section includes classrooms, offices, a chapel, and a hidden ...

A royal flush

Why am I posting a photo of the little boys’ and little girls’ rooms at La Buena Esperanza school? Because in the slums of Peru, indoor plumbing is as rare as an ipod in an Amish chapel. After passing over dirt roads, breathing in dry, dusty air, and seeing the rows of simple wood shanties ...